National Running Day

Today is National Running Day in the US, and they have a link on their site to create a personalized running badge, which is shown below. It’s now just a couple weeks short of 10 months since I started working out – as a matter of fact my very first Sprint Triathlon on the 22nd will be a ten month anniversary.

My first recorded “run” was 2.5 miles at a 12:46 pace, and I could not “run” another step. My first lap swim, the same week, was 350 yards at an 8:31 min/100yd pace. I made huge progress the next swim, going 500 yards at a 5:41 min/100yd pace, and then it just got harder. I was sore in places I didn’t know I had, but I kept at it.


This is my reason for running, and why I went out this evening and ran 3.65 miles at a now slow training pace of 11:00 per mile…when the temperature was 91 and heat index said “feels like 96”. I was doing about 10:15 splits but by 2 miles thought I was going to die. I’ve been running in the morning when it’s cool. I’m going back to running in the morning! So for everyone who is still trying to get over that first hill, it does get better, and becomes enjoyable, peaceful, and frequently painful out on the road alone.

Of course once I got over that first hill I found that there is another, bigger, hill in front of me. And I know that if I can improve enough to get over it, there will just be yet another, bigger, hill past it. But I’m not running to get over the hills, I’m running because I love the view from the road.



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